Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Aloha Jam

Story reprinted from Global-Flat.com.

 Aloha Jam 2014
In typical Diversion style I wanted to create something a little different, a little epic, and at times exotic….all while tapping into the soul of BMX and all the good vibes and experiences it can bring into our lives. It´s been over 20 years since there has been a flatland related event in Hawaii and it´s was the perfect environment for the concept of a BMX Holiday. Hawaii is a magical place with a paradise like environment, perfect for BMX and adventure. Aloha Jam is for everybody. You don´t need to be a super pro with a dialed contest routine to move around the planet and have BMX adventures. If you love BMX and good vibes come through for an experience you´ll never forget!
Unknown to most, Hawaii has a thriving BMX scene that ranges from first generation flatlanders like Adam Jung who toured with GT all the way to new school riders. Being a bit isolated on the island, the entire BMX community is quite tight and has that creative DIY flavor of days past. Check out RideHi.net and Shootsbrah.com.
The Jam location was at Petrie Playground which is located in the Kaimuki area of Oahu. It sits on top of a hill that over looks the ocean and Koko head mountain - A view you can only get in Hawaii. All styles and bikes were representing this day, even street riders came through and worked on flat ground moves and then applied them to the big manual pad nearby in the park.
Duane from BIKEFACTORY manned the grill and cooked up some good steaks and hot dogs. Another rider named Cuyler rolled up with some palm fronds sticking out of his backpack. Inside was a big fish he may or may not have caught all wrapped up and ready for the grill. That´s how we do in Hawaii, brah!
The word was out on the the streets of Honolulu and Channel 2 came out to catch some of the action for a segment on the 6 o´clock news.
With Hawaii as the backdrop, riders can feel free to bring non-riding family members / friends because there is plenty for them to do. The second day we mobbed out to Hanauma Bay, which the base of an old volcano, for some snorkeling. We swam with sea turtles and floated through all sorts of coral and colorful fish. Watching a sea turtle make it´s way around the bay is quite the experience as it swims with authority and a look on it´s face of wisdom and calmness….a true master of the sea…
For those that came for more than just the two days, even more epic activities happened...hiking through craters, getting lost in rain forests, and finding more flatland spots in paradise.

BIG THANKS to Derek Takemoto and Duane for helping make the jam a reality and also thanks to everyone who participated. A big Shaka to the mainland crew who came through too! (Todd Carter, Rich Slezak, Nelson Kuo, and Steve and Christina Lapsley)
Everyone who participated in the jam will get a limited edition Aloha Jam T-shirt with everyone´s signatures on the back.
Look for a printed Aloha Jam book and an edit in the near future! Shoots!

2014-09-29 - Bobby Carter


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

part 2, shit happ...

ok so the next week this shit still continues, pain, pain & more pain.
all i can do is lie on my left side and stare at the bottom of floor. more vicodin & pissed off.
my wife is the best! she would make lunch & dinner and leave it on a tray on the floor before she went to work. i can't thank her enough!
it feels like you are in a nursing home, where she basically did everything. wash my hair in a bucket, hot towel bath & wipe my balls & ass. bunch of bullshit. but i am lucky, some people may not get all this help. brush teeth & floss was hard. and this was only a few days in to this shit!

oh yeah, you won't be taking a shit for a few days. did not know about this.

if you are taking a shit load of vicodin, make sure you eat some prunes for the next few days! no matter how much water i was drinking, it didn't help. just a heads up.

i finally had to shit so i dragged my self to the bathroom in intense pain, tried to sit & shit but couldn't shit cause the pain was too intense. i had to lie on the bathroom floor till the pain went away & crawled my way back into the bedroom. brah, i had to bite on a shirt from the pain, i don't know how else to explain it. didn't shit for a few more days.

1 week into this, i go get a epidural shot, this was on 4.29.14. barely make it to my dad's car, i took a bunch of vicodin just so i can get to the hospital. riding in the wheel chair was more painful than i thought. during my procedure they had me lie on my stomach, which i couldn't do. man that was the most painful shit in my life, i was shaking from the intense pain & just tried to stay still enough so that the doctor can stick the needle in my spine. i couldn't even feel the needle. man, they said my blood pressure was over 200/150 during that procedure.

the epidural shot is basically the needle going to the sciatic nerve area to help relieve the affected nerve. it's a steroid. i heard it supposed to work pretty instantly. it's even given to mother's giving birth. but not for me (what's fucken new) it took about 10 days before i even felt any relief. so don't believe the hype.

i'll stop here. part 3, soon, maybe???

shoots,
dennis


Friday, June 20, 2014

an' den shit happened...

so bad shit happened this past april, back attack, i mean really fucked up back attack!
this is the journey i am going through right now and i'd want to chronicle this shit so if other people has similar shit like this, maybe i can help.
it might get repetitive but if anyone like read um, please check it out.

so here we go:

april 17, i get back from my trip to japan, 8 hour flight, just crashed out for 1 day, doing normal shit till i go back to work on the 19th. felt fine after work, didn't do anything but drink beer & cruise at the house. monday, 21st, went to work feeling like shit, not from drinking, but my lower back & right leg was feeling really achy. took some vicodin during work, felt nauseated the whole day & couldn't eat my lunch. had to lie down for my lunch break, & as the day was going, i was walking slower & couldn't stand too long. rode home from work that day but standing & sitting was pretty painful. i couldn't think what i did to trigger anything to fuck my back up.

tuesday, 22nd, got up, try to get ready to go to work & i could barely brush my teeth without intense pain. so i called in sick & called kaiser hospital asap. i actually called kaiser to get in their urgent care clinic but was told urgent care was discountined so i had to settle for the earliest appointment i could get that day.

so if you are a kaiser member, no more urgent care at the honolulu clinic, gotta go to moanalua for emergency. sucks if you have no car, for sure.

got my crutches so i can get to my appointment, see my doctor, can't do anything but get more vicodin. this would be the last time i would be standing or walking. as the day went on, i couldn't stand, sit or walk anymore without intense pain. all i could do was lie down on my right side to sleep, any other movement & intense pain would just shoot down from my right butt check all the way down to the feet. never felt this kind of pain in my life, just paralyzed, fucking jolts all the way, felt like your leg is burning, getting stabbed, & uncontrollable shaking.
couldn't get up to piss, so had to use puke bags from the airlines, good thing i had a bunch. but when that supply was gone, had to use plastic bag & ziploc bags for piss, make sure to use a large bag so no get piss all over the bed or floor or on yourself.

the next day, wed, 23rd, called my neurologist & get more meds to help ease the pain. got dexamethasone & gabapentin which is supposed to help calm the pinched nerve.

oh, i forgot to add: in early feb. i got an mri for my lower back since i was having pain for a long time & found out the l4, l5, s1 right side had ruptured disc & it was digging into the sciatic nerve. so the neurologist suggest that i continue to do my stretching & ride bike as usual, which i did & was fine, until now.

i'll stop here for now, next episode...

shoots, dennis



Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Makakilo's very own Mike "Big Island' Castillo has a video looking back on ESPN giving a story kine time about the X-games from the beginning talking about being Eric Koston's doppelganger to crazy tricks that went down. Check um out and if you happen to see this bmx OG buy him a Guinness or Jameson and say hi ...
shoots \m/

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hawaiian kine time post

2 Shine Tuesdays episode 2 from Ride HI on Vimeo.
So to start off the new year two months in a throw back from 2 months ago brought to you by Oahu's very own KJ and when not filming and sharing the ainas shine at http://www.ridehi.net/ he finds time to ride and with a little help from the ridehi ohana made a little shine from the other side of the lens spahk um and crack a beer twice it's Tuesday ....\m/
Shoots
KJridesHI from Ride HI on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

ok, dave shaffer wuz right, we don't post shit for a year (or more)!!! haha!
shoots, dis is da short version of wat we supposed to post from interbike sept 2013....

got drunk, girl passed out on da hawaiian air flight to lax, free booze cuz nobody wanted to help dis girl @ all, dr.drebeats doctor wuz doing the doc thing, landed lax, busy bee in san pedro, tried to sleep, s&m building for da next few hours, no in&out or del taco-fo me(duane had) stomach fucked as usual, vegas, blah, blah, blah...
see all da peeps in the bmx industry, alwayz good times, bob haro, no nora cup dis time, mandaly bay is wayy betta den ventian, tip plus party, long beach wit fano & da stranger crew, bogi, sum guy askin me to valet his car, or a cab, bj, brudda kaylen from kauai, shit can't remember too much...

mahaloz to ruben!!!!

i will try to put sum fotos on instagram or facebook or wateva shit, maybe...

shoots brah!!!!
dennis